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  • 5 Least Intelligent Dog Breeds

    By Vetstreet.com Staff


    We recently listed the five smartest dog breeds, and, unsurprisingly, our readers were quick to comment on other breeds that show enormous intelligence.

    Now we're sharing another result from that survey of 122 veterinary professionals. We aren't going to say "dumbest" because all dogs have their own kind of genius, right? But we will say that in the opinion of the surveyed veterinary professionals, the breeds named here aren't necessarily known for their cleverness even if they are known for having many wonderful characteristics.

    Of course, please know that in no way are we saying these dogs aren't trainable. They just might not keep up with the Border Collie in their obedience class. And that's OK - whether our pets sit at the front of the class or flunk out of puppy school, we love them just the same.

    SEE ALSO: 5 Most Laid-back Dog Breeds


    ChihuahuaNo. 1: Chihuahua
    (photo credit: Leanne Graham, Animal Photography/vetstreet.com)

    The tiny Chihuahua

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  • Record-Holding Colonel Meow Dies at Age 2

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres


    Guinness World Records -- Colonel Meow's 9-inch fur put him in the 2014 edition of the Guinness Book of World Records.The Himalayan-Persian mix cat who had thousands of Internet fans and held a world record for his long fur died on Wednesday.

    "Colonel Meow passed away yesterday evening. I will post more about the details when I've had a few days to grieve," read a post on his Facebook page Thursday. "Thank you so much for your understanding, Minions."

    The 2-year-old cat had won the hearts of thousands with his online persona as a dictator - and referred to his fans as Minions. Owned by Ann Avery and Eric Rosario, he was hospitalized last year, just two months after he appeared in the Guinness Book of World Records with the title Longest Fur on a Cat. Condolences poured in on the cat's Facebook page. "May he dominate the afterlife and submit all there to his will," wrote one Minion. - Get updates on Colonel Meow's Facebook Page

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  • Welcome to the Year of the Horse

    By Lisa Granshaw

     

    ThinkstockIt's time to say goodbye to the Year of the Snake and welcome the 2014 Chinese New Year. With this New Year comes a new animal from the dozen in the Chinese Zodiac: the horse! The Year of the Horse begins today and continues until February 18, 2015.

    What It Means to Be Born in This Zodiac

    Each Chinese zodiac animal has certain characteristics that those born during the year are said to share.

    Just as horses display an intuitive nature, people born in the Year of the Horse often follow their instincts and have good judgment, which helps them make the right decisions and act quickly in situations. They also share the social nature of horses (who prefer to live in herds), as many people born during this time enjoy crowds, parties and having lots of friends. Their natural charm means they tend to attract people easily. Like horses, these people are often clever and intelligent. They're inclined to be carefree by nature, loving freedom and rebelling against constraint.

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  • Cow Gets Two Prosthetic Legs

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres


    KAGS-TV -- Hero the cow will soon head home to Virginia after getting prosthetic legs.We're pretty sure this little cow named Hero would call his owner and veterinarians his heroes. It was last April when the cow was found in Virginia with frostbite on his two back legs and tail.

    Kitty Martin took him in at her all-animal rescue ranch, and called vets all over the country to see if he could be helped. Finally, she decided to make the drive with Hero to Texas A&M, where vets said they would take a look at him.

    Martin knew that "if they felt that it was against his quality of life that he would [be] put down … And I had no idea whether he was going to walk out of here or not, but I loved him that much to take a chance," Martin said. Doctors were able to successfully perform surgery and fit Hero with permanent prosthetic legs. Now, after months of recovery and learning to walk on his prosthetics, Hero and Martin are headed home to Selah Ranch in Virginia. - Watch it at Texas' KAGS-TV

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  • Entangled Dolphin Mom Saved in Florida

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres


    CBS News 12 -- A team of rescuers helped free and mother dolphin who was caught in fishing gear in Florida.A dolphin mother is off and swimming with her calf after getting some help from rescuers on Monday.

    A team including biologists from SeaWorld Orlando, the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, NOAA and several other agencies helped disentangle trap pot fishing gear from around the dolphin mom's body and one of her flippers in the Indian River Lagoon near Vero Beach, Fla.

    The team had temporarily captured the calf while its mom was being helped so that they wouldn't become separated. The mom and baby were then evaluated by the team and released safely back into the wild. - See photos from SeaWorld and watch video from Florida's CBS News 12

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  • 5 Reasons I Don't Trust Non-Pet People

    By Dr. Patty Khuly


    Dr. Patty Khuly and her catA few years back I offered to do my mother a favor by returning an unwanted item to a big-box bookstore. Donning Dalmatian scrubs and a paw-print tote, I couldn't have looked more like an animal lover. Unfortunately, that wasn't a winning look for the store manager. She sized me up with a scowl and asked if I'd realized the item I was returning had some pet hair on it.

    "Pet hair? Oh, my God, no! Not pet hair!"

    OK, so maybe I overplayed it a bit. But how was I supposed to respond? I mean, I wear pet hair every single day of my life like it's a fashion statement. Such is the nature of my profession. And in this case, the item had hair on it because I had hair on me. In fact, it had acquired the offending material only after I'd removed it - with an apparent poof of pet fuzz - from its pristine plastic sack.

    See Also: Would You Date a Man Who Doesn't Like Pets?


    What's the Problem With Pet Hair?

    In the end, the manager was forced to relent (albeit with

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  • Nuns Rescue 9-Year-Old Pit Bull

    By Amy Sinatra Ayres


    News 12 / Huffington Post -- A group of nuns adopted Remy, a 9-year-old Pit Bull, in New York. When a group of nuns went to Hi Tor Animal Care Center in New York to look for a pet to live with them, they didn't want the cutest puppy they could find. "I wanted to bring a dog home that might get euthanized if we didn't take her," Sister Veronica Mendez told New York's News 12.

    "And when I noticed the sign said '9 years,' I said, 'Virginia, we want this one, because nobody else is going to want her.'" The shelter's director said he was surprised that the nuns didn't shy away from Remy because she's a Pit Bull.

    "Remy was sensitive to the sisters, especially to Sister Virginia, who walks with a cane. She kept up with her and was so attentive," said West Artope. A Hi Tor volunteer and a board member were so touched by the nuns' decision that they decided to cover the adoption fee themselves. - Read it at the Huffington Post

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  • 3 Vital Signs to Watch in Your Dog

    By Dr. Marty Becker


    Dogs at rest have a normal respiration rate of 10 to 35 breaths per minute. I always tell folks to watch and listen to their pets every day. You learn to see patterns in their behavior: how much they eat and drink; how much they sleep and when and where; how they breathe, at rest and after exertion.

    All of those things are clues to your animal's health. The best way to recognize when something is abnormal is to be familiar with what's normal. If you've got a hot dog or a heavy breather, here are some guidelines to help you determine if your pet is healthy or having problems.

    See Also: 5 Smartest Dog Breeds


    Respiration

    Breathing is something we almost don't notice, in ourselves or our dogs. The body regulates breathing automatically, sending signals from the base of the brain down the spine to the muscles that control breathing, telling them to contract and relax on a regular basis. Breathing changes based on factors such as activity level, temperature, the presence of irritants or toxins in the air and emotions such as fear

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  • 8 Rare Dog Breeds New to America

    By Dr. Marty Becker


    Dog breeds from left to right: Lagotto Romagnolo, Small Munsterlander, Pyrenean Shepherd, Portuguese Podengo Pequeno.I see an awful lot of interesting breeds in my travels. And I'm noticing more and more of them right here in the good old U.S. of A.

    It's not surprising that we veterinarians are seeing some pretty rare and unusual breeds from other countries. When our clients travel overseas, it's only natural that they meet and fall in love with that handsome Italian, the petite French chienne, the sophisticated German hunter or the exotic and fleet-footed track star from Portugal. The next thing you know, they're bringing them home to meet the family.

    I'm talking dogs, of course.

    SEE ALSO: 3 New Dog Breeds Debut in 2014


    Welcome to America

    There are lots of wonderful breeds and mixes that we already know and love in this country, but the lure of the new and different is often difficult to resist. And there's nothing wrong with that, but it's also important to do a background check on your new love, just as you would with a more well-known breed. Ask breeders

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  • 10 Things to NOT Say to Your Vet

    By Dr. Patty Khuly


    iStockPhotoAs a breed, we veterinarians are not particularly prissy or picky. Indeed, you can generally say anything you wish in our presence. We encourage it, actually. Nonetheless, there are times when you may see your veterinarian's hackles materialize.

    With that in mind (and because it's always a good idea to spare everyone the discomfort of an unintentional transgression), I offer you these 10 examples of my own personal not-so-favorite comments and questions.

    See Also: 10 Questions Veterinarian's Really Want You to Ask


    Think Before You Speak


    1. She doesn't bite. It's never a good start to a visit when a pet owner defends his pet's growls with these three words. Because even if it's true, I'd be stupid to trust the owner when his pet is offering me the most reliable warning I know of.

    2. It's only been there for a few days. Mark Twain has a great saying at times like these: "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. It's what you know

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